An 18-year-old high school student jailed since his May 1 arrest for making terroristic threats in a video uploaded to Facebook will remain behind bars for nearly another month without bail, a judge ruled Monday.
Cameron D’Ambrosio, a student at Methuen High School in Methuen, Mass., was arrested last month after posting lyrics to the amateur rap video he uploaded to Facebook – lyrics that referred to overshadowing the recent Boston Marathon bombings.
"[Expletive] a Boston bombing wait till u see the [expletive] I do, I'ma be famous rapping, and beat every murder charge that comes across me!" rapped D'Ambrosio, according to court documents obtained by the Boston Globe.
D’Ambrosio, who pleaded not guilty to a charge of communicating a terroristic threat, faces a 20-year prison term if convicted.
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On Monday, the prosecution argued it was not prepared to make the proper arguments in relation to the case. Judge James Barretto sided with prosecutors and gave them until D’Ambrosio’s June 27 probable cause hearing.
Police and prosecutors have said the lyrics are evidence D'Ambrosio was planning to launch a terrorist attack.
The teen’s defense attorney, Geoffrey DuBosque, disagreed. DuBosque once again argued D’Ambrosio should be set free because he never made an explicit threat to do anything, anywhere or to anyone.
"It’s untenable and unconstitutional that, amidst such broad criticism from civil liberties groups and legal experts for this blatant attack on the First Amendment, the prosecution has come to court unprepared to show probable cause for this young man’s incarceration," said Evan Greer of the Center for Rights and Fight for the Future.
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"We’re talking about a Facebook post that is one paragraph long, and they’ve had ample time to prepare," Greer told Mashable. "They have not shown that they have a case here, and while they drag their feet a family is suffering."